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Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12:00 am
 It’s fun for a reporter to catch a candidate early in her political career, while she’s still feeling her way, wanting to say the right thing and not offend, while still conveying that she h
Letters to the Editor
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 12:00 am
 When the Trump administration this week gave notice it is scrapping President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, it was seen as an unsurprising move by the conservative administration to appeal to its
Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 12:00 am
While many politicians were saying it’s too soon to talk about gun control, our Sen. Richard Durbin said it’s lawmakers’ job to answer tough questions. “Congress is complicit if it continues i
Editor's Note
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 12:00 am
 Many of us of a certain age are this week reliving a painful chapter of our past with nightly installments of Ken Burns’ documentary The Vietnam War on public TV. For me it’s not just revisi
Editor's Note
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 12:00 am
Welcome back, Hillary. Some say she never left the public political scene, but the thoughtful talk Hillary Clinton has been giving to the media on her book promotion tour remind us how much a tough, w
Guest Opinion
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:00 am
Once again Springfield’s U. S. senator, Richard Durbin, is in the national spotlight for being ahead of his time. Before there was DACA – Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals – there was Durbin
Editor's Note
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 12:00 am
 After years of crowing about his pro-business agenda, Gov. Bruce Rauner has finally signed a pro-business reform into law. It’s called school aid formula reform, and it, together with increase
Editor's Note
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 12:00 am
During his nationwide address Monday night, President Trump seemed proud of himself for changing his mind on Afghanistan, America’s longest war. For years he has criticized the nation’s involvemen
Editor's Note
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 12:00 am
 After President Trump came out with his second Charlottesville statement on Monday, this one denouncing racism and the Ku Klux Klan, some listeners were ready to say it’s OK if he took 48 hour

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